Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Guitarist to strum Latin and Spanish classics

Mattias Jacobsson to perform for SV Winter Artist Series

Express Staff Writer

Swedish virtuoso Mattias Jacobsson will play Spanish and Latin classical guitar music at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum. Photo by

The Sun Valley Winter Artist Series will bring internationally known classical guitarist Mattias Jacobsson to the Wood River Valley for a solo performance at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 8 p.m.

Born in Sweden, Jacobsson began studying guitar with Erik Möllerström and Bo Hansson. He continued his studies at the Malmö Academy of Music with Göran Söllscher and Gunnar Spjuth and at The Juilliard School with Sharon Isbin.

At the age of 17, Jacobsson made his recital debut at the Stockholm International Guitar Festival. Not long after, he toured Estonia and recorded his first album, which featured music by Bach, Poulenc, Mertz, Lauro, Albéniz, Sor and Tárrega.

Now at age 25, he has performed with principal members of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and The Royal Danish Opera. In addition, his performances have been broadcasted on the BBC, TVE, WQXR, NPR and SRP2, the Swedish classical radio station. He has also made recital and chamber music appearances in major Swedish venues as well as Alice Tully Hall in New York. Jacobsson plays exclusively on guitars by Thomas Fredholm.

Jacobsson will give a classical guitar recital in Ketchum that will feature Spanish and Latin guitar pieces. Tickets are $35 and $15 for students. The rest of the concerts will take place on Saturday, Feb. 27, and Wednesday, March 10. All shows begin at 8 p.m. and take place at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood. A "Meet the Artist" reception will take place in the lobby following the concert.

For tickets, call 725-5807 or visit

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